Paul Sparks

Paul Sparks is a leading voice in the growing parish movement. He has done tours and training in over 1,000 communities around the world. Paul’s mission is to help the local church become a life giving presence in, with, and for the neighborhood. His place-based experience and trusted friendships in cities across North America make him an indispensable guide for local churches, academic institutions, and community organizations (see over 1400 endorsements).

Paul is the Co-founding Director of the Parish Collective, a network platform that identifies, connects, and resources local parish expressions across North America and Europe. He is also the Co-founder of several celebrated national events such as the Inhabit Conference, Conspire Gathering, New Parish ConferenceReImagine Gathering, and Ordinary Revivals.

Paul is the co-author of the award-winning book The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community (IVP), and the upcoming release The New Local Church: How Everyday Christians Are Reimagining Life Together From The Ground Up.

Paul is a leadership instructor with the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and has over 30 years combined experience as an Ordained Pastor and Community Builder. He and his co-conspiring partner Elizabeth Sparks serve in a historic Catholic Worker Community in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, WA.